Students testing their contraptions

Putting Contraptions to the Test

The Aspen and Elementary South Science Olympiad Team held their final event for the year. Students tested out the catapults they had built. Their creative contraptions launched marshmallows into the air. The tricky part was hitting the target. Students did a great job.

Teachers Test Cars

Homemade Cars Are Put to the Test in Science Olympiad Competition

Teachers tested just how far cars made from scrap could travel during last week’s “Junk Car” competition coordinated by the Elementary South and Aspen Elementary Science Olympiad team. Michael from Mr. Viviano’s class and Nishita from Mrs. Wagner’s class were declared the winners. Both of their cars traveled more than 8 meters. Great job students.

Students with paper airplane

Students Test How Far a Paper Airplane Can Fly

More than 50 students participated in the Elementary South and Aspen Elementary Science Olympiad virtual event on Thursday. Students tested just how far their multi-piece flying glider devices could travel. The longest distance traveled was 15 meters! Great job students!

Students making Valentines

Valentine’s Day Activities Are a Blast

Teachers launched a variety of fun activities and projects in conjunction with Valentine’s Day. First grade hybrid students in the classes of Ms. Green, Mrs. Loiben and Mrs. Szoke at Aspen Elementary made adorable Valentine’s Day booklets for their families. Classes also held PTO-sponsored virtual parties packed with fun games and activities. 

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Students Learn All About the Sun

Students in Mrs. Williamson’s second grade class at Aspen Elementary learned all about the sun. In a video, Library Media Specialist Ms. Riley read them “The Sun Is Kind of a Big Deal.” Ms. Riley reads a new Monarch Award Nominee book each week. The students will get to vote for their favorite book in March.

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Encore Spirit Wear Sale

Back by popular demand, the Hawthorn PTO is offering an encore Spirit Wear Sale that goes from now until Sunday, Nov. 22. For more information, visit this website. If you have questions, please send an email to:

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Community and Families Provide Unprecedented Donations to Hawthorn District 73’s Food Pantries

Thanks to parents and community members, the food pantries at Hawthorn Elementary North and Aspen Elementary were brimming with fresh goods to hand out during Hawthorn District 73’s Student Supply Pick Up on October 29. Staff gave away numerous bags of groceries to families in need as they arrived in cars to pick up school supplies for their children.

“We were overwhelmed by the generosity of parents,” said Hawthorn Elementary North Principal Kathryn Waggoner. “We are so thankful to our community for providing such a large abundance of goods for our pantries.”

The two pantries are now working on replenishing supplies. They are looking for non-perishable items such as cereal, peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, pasta and pasta sauce, rice and beans, individually wrapped bars of soap, shampoo, toothpaste and other necessities. 

To make a donation to one of the pantries, please call Elementary North at 847-990-4500 or Aspen Elementary at 847-990-4300. A safe and socially distanced drop-off will be arranged. Families in need can also call these numbers to make arrangements to pick up food. 

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4th Grade Band & Orchestra Orientation Night – October 12th

 We look forward to seeing you at Band Orientation Night!  This is an event for students and parents to attend together.  At 7:00 pm click on the link for your student’s school.  At 7:30 pm click on the link for your student’s instrument.  You will need your instrument for the 7:30 meeting, but please do not assemble your instrument until you are asked to do so.   

Townline & Dual Language Band
Aspen & Elementary South Band & Orchestra
Elementary North Band
Townline/Dual Language/Elementary North Orchestra
7:30Band Instruments
TL, DL, and Elem. North Percussion
Aspen & Elementary South Percussion
7:30Orchestra Instruments
North Violin/Viola
Aspen & Elementary South Violin/Viola

Next AFPC Family Night

The next Aspen Family Night is scheduled for Friday, April 3.  This event will be hosted by the Multicultural Family Alliance and the theme is:  Families Around the World – Your Passport through Food and Games.  The Multicultural Family Alliance is looking for volunteers to host a game or a craft or bring in bite sized finger food that represents a country or culture.  Please let us know if you would be interested in volunteering for this wonderful evening.


Kindergarten Parent Information Night Information

Calling all parents of incoming kindergartners!  An information night is planned for Tuesday, March 10 for all kindergarten parents and will be held at Elementary South at 7:00 p.m.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn all about the new kindergarten building and registration procedures.  If you are interested in the School of Dual Language kindergarten program, their information night is on Tuesday, March 3 at 7 p.m. at the School of Dual Language.